Sullinger will keep reserve role after strong performance

Sullinger will keep reserve role after strong performance
January 11, 2014, 9:30 pm
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Jared Sullinger is coming off his best game as a reserve, scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in Boston's 99-97 loss at Golden State on Friday.

Sullinger's strong performance will keep him in the role as a reliable reserve - for now at least.

"It's not a decision that's necessarily long term," Stevens told reporters on Saturday. "But we thought it was best for us at the time."

Sullinger has come off the bench in Boston's last two games with Kris Humphries assuming the starting job at center.

"We've played well two games in a row now," Stevens said. "Hopefully we can get the same kind of production from Sully off the bench and have our starters play well."

In the loss to Golden State, Sullinger had 21 points and 11 rebounds. And Humphries was solid as well with 16 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Sullinger's play is even more impressive considering the deep bone bruise and sprained ligaments in his left hand that he has played with for more than a month now.

"All these guys have a lot of nicks and bruises," Stevens said. "It's part of playing basketball. It's part of playing this many games. Some are worse than others, some have to fight through more pain than others. Credit them for doing that."

But as far as Sullinger is concerned, "It looks like he's doing better," said Stevens who added, "hopefully that adds up and he feels 100 percent soon."

Fat chance of that happening.

"It is what it is," Sullinger told reporters on Friday. "Just gotta keep playing."